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[kan-dl-woo d] /ˈkæn dlˌwʊd/
any resinous wood used for torches or as a substitute for candles.
any of various trees or shrubs yielding such wood.
Origin of candlewood
1625-35, Americanism; candle + wood1; so called because it burns brightly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Ellen lit a torch of candlewood and opened the door: three men entered.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • "It is unnecessary," Curumilla said, coming up, loaded with candlewood.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • The two men entered the grotto: the hunter struck a match, and lit a torch of candlewood.

    The Trail-Hunter Gustave Aimard
  • "Pine-knots" and "candlewood" are household necessities in regions where these trees are the prevailing species of pine.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • candlewood, as pine knots were called, was burned in the fireplace on long winter evenings.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
  • He bore in his hand a branch of ocote, or candlewood, which lit up his thoughtful face, and gave it a sinister expression.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • The earliest artificial light used by the colonist was candlewood, or pine torches.

  • These men had cages of candlewood tied to their backs after the manner of women.

  • An experienced guide and a supply of torches, consisting of bundles of candlewood split into small strips, had been provided.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Others growled applause as they saw the den illuminated by the lurid flame of the candlewood which the proprietor lighted.

    Snnica Vicente Blasco Ibez
British Dictionary definitions for candlewood


the resinous wood of any of several trees, used for torches and candle substitutes
any tree or shrub, such as ocotillo, that produces this wood
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